Samsung’s mobile security arm announced that its forthcoming Knox 2.0 security software will come with more features and work in more mobile devices than its predecessor.
The capabilities of Knox 2.0 will be based on user needs, said Jae Shin, Vice President of Samsung’s Knox Business Group, but he did not divulge any specifics.
Knox, which runs on Android, uses the operating system (OS) and chipset features to protect a mobile device from malware, hackers and other security threats.
Knox is now supported by Qualcomm’s chipset, but the company is still working on its compatibility with Samsung’s very own chipsets, added Shin. However, he did not say whether Knox will be introduced on Samsung handsets powered by the Windows Phone OS.
In an effort to boost the usage of Knox, Samsung has also teamed up with software management firms such as SAP, Citrix, AirWatch, Centrify, Mocana and MobileIron.
“When we give [Knox] to them, we have a minimum feature guideline,” noted Shin.
Presently, Knox is offered on the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition tablet, which were launched in the United States last week. The security software is also available on some Galaxy S4 smartphones.
Knox enables the creation of a secure boot so that only permitted apps are on a device. Apart from deterring keylogging or hacking, the software can also establish a virtual private network (VPN). It can also generate isolated environments where specific applications can be used.